Sometimes, a person will go so far to defend himself from a claim that he is, let us say, a vegetarian, that he will leave people with the impression that he is a closet cannibal. That may explain, to some extent, why Senator John F. Kennedy's speech before the Greater Houston Ministerial Association on September 12, 1960 left some devout Catholics feeling that Kennedy was less a Catholic than a borderline apostate. Yet the speech helped persuade many Protestant Americans, both lay and clergy, that it was safe to elect, for the first time in American history, a Roman Catholic as President of the United States.

One of the quickest ways to provoke resentment in a sibling relationship is for the parents to continually show favoritism to one of the children. And here is a Psychology 101 question: Whom will the disadvantaged child often despise more: A, the parents; or B, the apple-of-the-eye sibling? Ever since an envious Cain murdered Abel, we’ve known the answer.

Samuel L. BlumenfeldMany Americans falsely believe that there have always been government schools in our country. Some believe that compulsory public education was written into our Constitution. But nothing could be less true. The American colonies had total educational freedom.

“What does it take to make a hero?” For anyone paying even scant attention to the lavish manner in which the media awards such designations, the modern reply might be, “Apparently not much.” And yet, there is often an instinctive recognition that the reckless use of such an inherently powerful designation has simultaneously cheapened it.

Becky AkersWere I the sort of barbarian who burns books, I’d roast all 75 volumes of the Federal Register rather than the Quran.

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